WITHIN sound of the sea, on a November afternoon we laid to rest, a t Redcar, all t h a t was mortal of Thomas Hudson Nelson. No m a n loved this neighbourhood better, no m a n knew it so well. Of Seafield and the estuary of the Tees he could have said : lilt terrarum mihi preeter omnes Angulus ridet ;There is more reason to rejoice over his life t h a n to lament that ho was not spared to become old. His life was complete in the best sense. Three score years had passed over him, yet to his contemporaries he appeared young, for age had not chilled 1I:F l.lood nor had illness, in a long-drawn fight, subdued the *’irage of his heart. Thus Nelson was himself to the e:ii A few minutes before the a t t a c k which endedin death, he wrote a letter to a young friend a t Salonika, who h a d asked for information about the birds there A short time before this, I had mentioned, in a letter t o him, t h a t a Cleveland farmer had given the name of ” Kowscothawk ” to a Merlin which had risen from the moor- in front of us ; when Nelson was in fact actually dying he was anxious to dictate a reply in order to tell me t h a t he had heard this name applied to another species, b u t this
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British Birds – how it works
BB 2000 Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The company employs two full time staff – Roger Riddington is the journal’s editor while Hazel Jenner manages subscriptions and administration – and three part-time design/editorial staff.
The company is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT, registered charity no. 1089422). Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB. The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
Over the past six years, this, combined with donations from other sources, has enabled the Trust to give almost £40,000 support to a variety of conservation and educational projects ranging from rat eradication on seabird islands to the study of cuckoo migration, as well as assisting young birders develop their interest.
A full list of projects is given here. The Trust is seeking to expand its charitable endeavours and would welcome donations from like-minded organisations and individuals.